Even in Taiwan, people can search their genealogical history via a family search Internet service provided by the Mormon church in the western US state of Utah. \nVia the FamilySearch Internet Service, headquartered in Salt Lake City, people in Taiwan can access many record collections about Chinese families to help them trace their ancestors, said Lee Hsing-yuan (李行遠), a staff member of the Salt Lake City Family History Library run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. \nAccording to Lee, the Salt Lake City Family History Library runs the world's largest family history library, dubbed the Pedigree Resource File, which is housed in a giant weather-proof granite cave. \nBelieving that family is designed by God for eternal relationships, the Mormons started building the library in 1894 and began to store individual family records on microfilm in 1938, gradually extending the file into the largest of its kind in the world, covering family history records for almost every race around the world, Lee said. \nThe FamilySearch Service now maintains more than 4,000 family history information centers around the world, with over 2,000 of them scattered around the US. \nFamilySearch Service began in 1970 to compile Chinese family history records, which contain mostly families from Taiwan and southern China. \nIt maintains a family history information center in Taiwan, in a Mormon church in Taipei, which so far has 9,300 individual files, covering the histories of 192 families of different names, Lee said. \nIn China, FamilySearch Service maintains two family history information centers, in Beijing and Shanghai, with 100,000-odd files covering more than 11,700 families of different names, he added. \nPeople who are interested in searching their family tree can first visit the FamilySearch Internet Service to find their series numbers in the catalog, and then go to the nearest family history information center to see the details stored on microfilm, Lee said. \nMeanwhile, Lee said that if people are interested in compiling their own family tree history, they can contact Salt Lake City Family History Library for how-to software. The library also provides free instructions in Mandarin.
ADEQUATE COVERAGE: New Taipei City, which has more than 9,500 people under home quarantine, said it would add another 450 rooms at its disease prevention hotels The Taipei City Government has added a fourth designated disease prevention hotel, allowing people under 14-day home quarantine to isolate themselves from NT$5,000 per day, it said yesterday. The Taipei Department of Information and Tourism launched the first disease prevention hotel on Feb. 21 to accommodate travelers without a place to stay during mandatory home isolation or quarantine, and for people who want to separate themselves from their family members or roommates during quarantine. The department said that as of yesterday, more than 120 travelers have stayed at one of the city’s three disease prevention hotels, and their 178 rooms are nearly
MISINFORMATION: The 100,000 masks given to ally Paraguay were bought in other Latin American nations, not made in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Taiwan has not yet reached a point where it can export masks to diplomatic allies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, dismissing as misinformation online reports that it gave away masks to curry favor with a diplomatic ally. “Taiwan provides med-ical aid to diplomatic allies based upon specific circumstances,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said, adding that the supplements donated by Taiwan were all purchased locally in allied countries, in accordance with their needs. “The time is not yet ripe” for Taiwan to export medical supplies, such as surgical masks, to diplomatic allies, until
An improvised protective device for use when intubating patients designed by Taiwanese doctor Lai Hsien-yung (賴賢勇) is being adopted in the Philippines to help doctors there stay safe amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. “We made this acrylic aerosol box for my sister Dra. Frances Legaspi for Antipolo Doctors Hospital. Credits to Dr Lai Hsien-yung for the concept and design,” Anton Legaspi, whose family owns a business that makes customized designs, said on Facebook on Monday. The hospital is in Antipolo, about 25km east of Manila. Legaspi’s post was accompanied by several photographs of the box and a short demonstration video
All state-run columbariums must strictly regulate how many visitors they host during Tomb Sweeping Day on Saturday next week to curb the spread of COVID-19, New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) said yesterday. Hou asked people to use online worshipping services instead. Electronic “tomb sweeping” systems, which display a virtual altar for people to make offerings and say prayers, can reduce crowd sizes at columbariums, Hou said during a site visit to Shulin Life Memorial Hall (樹林生命紀念館), a columbarium in the city’s Shulin Disrict (樹林). Measures for admission control would be strictly implemented in state-run columbariums, Hou said, pointing to the Shulin